Big mean ol’ Unka Bredesen is taking money from widows and orphans! Or so the TNGOP would have me believe.
That’s what happened recently in Johnson City where the House of Prayer, a small nondenominational church on Milligan Highway that regularly holds yard sales in its parking lot to raise money to help poor people with their expenses, got a visit and a letter from Tennessee Department of Revenue saying the church broke the law by not collecting sales tax. The church’s tax bill: around $30.
I have to say that this is one of those arguments where I’m not really able to fully root for one side over the other. Is the State of Tennessee a bloated government with a gaping suckmaw of payroll and frivolous spending on ballrooms? Yessir, ’tis. Is the church just trying to raise some scratch to feed hungry folks? Yessir, ’tis.
But the church, by the TNGOP’s OWN ADMISSION broke the law.
Sure, it’s a stupid law. But last time I checked, the GOP was all down with everyone obeying stupid laws–especially if they’re stupid laws about who legally lives where. Right? RIGHT?!?!?